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Kaitlin

Age: 17

Occupation:student

Number of Cruises: First Cruise

Cruise Line: Celebrity

Ship: Zenith

Sailing Date: June 22nd, 2002

Itinerary: Bermuda

Hello there, I have been off the ship for about 12 hours now and every minute that I have been off it, I wish that I could still have been on it. I will start off from the beginning of the trip and tell you a little about what I liked and did not like about the trip. Getting to the ship was very easy and very convenient. I live about 2 hours outside of New York so what we did was took a bus to the port in New York and hopped the ship there. I put my luggage on the bus, road to New York, watched my luggage go on a cart and that was the last time I saw it until I got on the ship. Getting on the ship was so much easier then I thought. They checked our carry on bags, we stood in line for a max of 15 minutes before our passports and id's wee checked and then we were off.

We boarded the ship, went to our room and our luggage was waiting right there for us. The service was amazing. Now, I have five people in my family, three girls and two guys. The cabin was a tiny bit small for the five of us, but we made do. The room was immaculate. As soon as we were in the room our cabin steward was at the door asking if we needed anything. Our cabin steward was the best. If we ever needed anything he was right there. Once again, excellent service. The ship pulled out right on time and thus the vacation began.

The first night we were on the ship we went to the formal dining room to eat and went to that dining room every night but one. We had the BEST waiter ever. His name was Peter and he was so kind and sweet and I just wanted to pack him up with me in my suitcase. Every night he would tell us his favorite foods on the menu and his least favorite to make sure we made the right decision; if we made the wrong decision, no problem, he took it away and brought us something else that we might like.

We traveled with three other families and my one friend at the table got sick the one night and Peter made him a platter of crackers and apples and sent it to him in his room. Very thoughtful. I think I will miss Peter the most. While talking about food, I must say the food was very good. I am a very picky eater, but I found something that I liked every night on the menu. The one night we didn't go to formal dining because we stayed on the beach late, we went to the alternative dinning which was just as good. Breakfast and lunch we ate at the cafe. Many choices, very good food.

The second day of the cruise we just hung at the pool. It was a very nice day. The next morning we woke up and we were in Hamilton. Instead of going to the beach that day, we went on an excursion. We did the snorkel/glass bottom boat one. We left for that at 1 and didn't get back until 4:30. The excursion was a whole lot of fun, but I would have rather spent the day on the beach.

The next day we went to Horseshoe Bay. There is nothing to say but amazing. The beach was so clean, the water was gorgeous...everything was perfect. That night we stayed on the beach until 5:30. That night we left and woke up on the other side of the island at St. George's. We did 2 beaches while we were there. Tobacco Bay and St. Catherine's. Tobacco Bay was nice, but I liked St. Catherine's better because it was more beachy. Tobacco Bay was more like a little lake. The beach area was very small, but the water and scenery was worth while. All the beaches we went to had bathrooms and concession stands. They were a little pricey, but what could you do? I think I covered everything except the entertainment and the disembarkation.

I will talk about the entertainment first. Every night we received a news paper telling us everything that was going on the next day. Everyday was full of events and things to do. Poolside always had fun games to watch. As I mentioned above, we traveled with three other families. In my family it is me, my brother(19) and my sister (15)...in the other family there were three boys...13, 17, and 19...and in the other family there was a boy and girl both 17. On the ship, the drinking age is 18 so my brother and his friend were able to get into the bars at night, but we weren't so lucky. After mid-night no one under 18 was allowed in the adult disco...but we snuck in a few times and just hung and listened to the music, but we didn't drink. The one night we tried the teen disco, but it was more for 13 and 14 year olds.

The night life was not as fun for me and my good friend cause we couldn't drink and party that much with the older kids, but were too old to party with the teens. It was alright though, b/c we made our own fun hanging at the pool and such. Every night there was a theme party and every party was just as fun as the last one. There were Broadway type shows that were alright. There were also comedians who were very funny. The highlight of the entertainment came in the karaoke and the lip sync show. Karaoke was a blast. My father got up and did an Elvis song and was actually quite good. That night was a ton of fun.

The lip sync show was even better, but because we all got involved. My dad did the full monty and a Ricky Martin impersonation and my friend was that Irish step dancer guy Michael something and he was hilarious. We were in the last scene and we were tourist in New York. Believe me, the more things you do and join, the more fun you are going to have. Finally the last day. The night before we got colored tags to put on our bags. That night we put our luggage out and they took it away.

The next morning we went for one last breakfast to see Peter and say good-bye. That was it, the cruise was over. We all went in the show lounge and hung until we were called. The handicapped went first and then we went by colors. Once we were called we were off the ship in 15 minutes with our luggage by our side. We hopped on the bus, and were on our way home. Pretty sweet. Every went very smoothly. It was very organized. One this I failed to mention was the little children. On this cruise there seemed to be an awful lot of little children. Parents, if you are looking for a cruise to take your little ones on, this is the one. The staff members took the little ones in the day (if the parents chose to drop them off) and they were SOO good with them. We talked to a few little kids who were part of the groups and they had so much fun with the staff. The kids talent show was the cutest. One last thing, the staff was outrageous. I give them 5 stars. From the cabin steward to the guys that cleaned the hand rails to my favorite waiter. There were friendly and seemed to truly enjoy beginning there at your service. I wish I could have hidden under a bed and stayed another week. I loved it and it was the best vacation I have ever had. I would recommend it to anyone.

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